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UFC Middleweight

The Middleweight Division in Mixed Martial Arts refers to different weight classes. The UFC Middleweight Fighters generally compete within 171 to 185 lb (77.5 to 84 kg). 


  1. UFC Middleweight Rankings 2021
  2. How are UFC rankings calculated?
  3. UFC Weight Divisions


UFC 243 Whittaker v Adesanya


UFC Middleweight Rankings 2021


On March 1, 2008, the Pride World Welterweight Championship was unified with the UFC Middleweight Title on March 1, 2008, when Anderson Silva defeated Dan Henderson at UFC 82.


The Middleweight Title has been held by the likes of Dave Menne, Rich Franklin, and at UFC 64, Anderson Silva won the title. Silva defended his title against the likes of Nate Marquardt, Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, Patrick Cote, Thales Leites, Demian Maia, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort and Yushin Okami, while holding onto the belt for a total of 2,457 days, a record for the longest title reign in UFC history. At UFC 162, Chris Weidman defeated Silva to win the Middleweight Title. Weidman's reign came to an end when he was beaten by Luke Rockhold at UFC 194.


At UFC 199, Michael Bisping won the Middleweight Title and eventually lost it to the returning GSP at UFC 217. As GSP vacated the title due to complications with ulcerative coltis, on December 7, 2017, Robert Whittaker was promoted as the Middleweight Champion, having won the Interim Title at UFC 213.


At UFC 243, the interim Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya defeated Robert Whittaker to win the undisputed UFC Middleweight Championship.


The current champion Adesanya, defended his title against Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa at UFC 248 and UFC 253 respectively.


Current UFC Middleweight ChampionIsrael Adesanya [21–1]


RankFighterWin/Loss RecordLast FightNext Fight
ChampionIsrael Adesanya21-1Defeated Marvin VettoriTBD
1Robert Whittaker23-5Defeated Kelvin GastelumTBD
2Paulo Costa13-1Lost to Israel AdesanyaMarvin Vettori (UFC Fight Night 196)
3Jared Cannonier14-5Defeated Kelvin GastelumTBD
4Derek Brunson23–7Defeated Darren TillTBD
5Marvin Vettori17-5-1Lost to Israel AdesanyaTBD
6Jack Hermannson22-6Defeated Edmen ShahbazyanTBD
7Sean Strickland24-3Defeated Uriah HallLuke Rockhold (UFC 268)
8Darren Till18-4-1Lost to Derek BrunsonTBD
9Uriah Hall17-10Lost to Sean StricklandTBD
10Kelvin Gastelum16-8, 1 NCLost to Jared CannonierTBD
11Edmen Shahbazyan11-2Lost to Jack HermanssonNassourdine Imavov (UFC 268)
12Chris Weidman15-6Lost to Uriah HallTBD
13Brad Tavares19-6Defeated Omari AkhmedovTBD
14Kevin Holland21-7Lost to Marvin VettoriKyle Daukaus (UFC Fight Night 195)
15André Muniz21-4Defeated Ronaldo SouzaDricus Du Plessis (UFC 269)


How are UFC rankings calculated?


The official UFC rankings are voted on by select members of the MMA media. Their votes are averaged and the rankings are determined on a weekly basis.


UFC Weight Divisions


Men

  1. Heavyweight
  2. Light Heavyweight
  3. Middleweight
  4. Welterweight
  5. Lightweight
  6. Featherweight
  7. Bantamweight
  8. Flyweight


Women

  1. Featherweight
  2. Bantamweight
  3. Flyweight
  4. Strawweight


* Last Updated: September 6th, 2021

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